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Monday 12 August 2019
Factory: Communications 1978-1992 8LP silver vinyl box set 
Factory: Communications 1978-1992 8LP silver vinyl box set

Section 25 features on an 8LP silver vinyl box set reissue of the 'Factory: Communications 1978-1992' compilation album which surveys the entire 15-year history of the iconic label, with a grand total 63 tracks spread over 16 sides of newly remastered vinyl albums. As well as classic cuts from New Order, Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, A Certain Ratio and Section 25, this definitive overview delves deep into Factory's rich and occasionally wayward recorded catalogue, with X-O-Dus, Marcel King, 52nd Street, Quando Quango, Northside, James, The Railway Children and Crawling Chaos also included.

The featured Section 25 tracks are:

Girls Don't Count [Side 3 (1980-81)]
Dirty Disco [Side 4 (1981)]
Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix) [Side 9 (1983-84)]

Originally issued as a 4CD box set in 2009, Communications 1978-92 is curated by Jon Savage, with booklet notes by Paul Morley and James Nice.

Factory: Communications 1978-92 will be released on 8 November 2019.

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Use Hearing Protection FAC 1-50 / 40 exhibition 
Use Hearing Protection FAC 1-50 / 40 exhibition

To commemorate the ground breaking early works and ongoing influence of Factory Records there will be an exhibition, Use Hearing Protection FAC 1 – 50 / 40, taking place at Chelsea Space in London.

The exhibition will tell the story of Factory's formative years from 1978 to 1982 through the first 50 numbered Factory artefacts, including works by Peter Saville, Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Linder Sterling and, of course, Section 25. Supported by rare and unseen materials from personal archives, as well as non-Factory period items of influence, these combine to describe a period from which Factory Records was proposed and realised, underpinning its revolutionary cultural impact on the music, art, design and ideas of our times.

Curated by Jon Savage and Mat Bancroft, the Factory exhibition forms part of this year's London Design Festival and will be free entry, running from Friday 13 September until Friday 25 October 2019.

An expanded exhibition, with the Use Hearing Protection, FAC 1-50 objects at its core is being developed by the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. This exhibition will build on the Chelsea Space display and is due to open July 2020, telling the story of Joy Division and the founding of Factory Records in the city.

More information: Use Hearing Use Hearing Protection FAC 1-50 / 40

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Always Now 5LP coloured vinyl box set [FBN 3-045] 
Always Now 5LP coloured vinyl box set [FBN 3-045]

A deluxe 5LP vinyl box set edition of Always Now, the debut album by Section 25, produced by legendary sonic architect Martin Hannett and sleeved by Peter Saville is out 6 September via Factory Benelux.

Recorded as a trio at Pink Floyd's Britannia Row studio in London in January 1981, Always Now combined austere post-punk rhythm and noise with elements of Can, Krautrock and modern psychedelia. Key tracks include Friendly Fires, Dirty Disco and New Horizon, along with C.P. (a collaboration with Hannett) and Hit (extensively sampled by Kanye West for the track F.M.L. on his 2016 album The Life of Pablo).

Those vinyl box contents in full:

LP1 - the original Always Now album (black vinyl)
LP2 - non-album singles from the period 1980-81 including 'Je Veux Ton Amour' and 'Girls Don't Count' (clear vinyl)
LP3 - complete live show recorded at Groningen, NL on 26 October 1980 (yellow vinyl)
LP4 - second studio album 'The Key of Dreams' (red vinyl)
LP5 - further experimental material recorded in 1981 and self-released on 'Illuminus Illumina' cassette plus live encore jam recorded with all four members of New Order at Reading University on 8 May 1981 (silver vinyl)

More information including full tracklisting: Always Now 5LP coloured vinyl box set [FBN 3-045]

The album is available to pre-order now via Factory Benelux Mailorder

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